31 Oct Paralympic Gold Medallist Endorses Our Work
It’s with absolute pleasure we confirm Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist Carol Cooke AM, as a DISPLACE endorser. Carol has won three Gold medals for Australia in Cycling and truly believes that nothing is impossible if we believe in ourselves and dare to face our fears.
As a dedicated sportswoman who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis and its never-ending symptoms since 1998, she is also a motivational speaker and author who lives her life to the fullest with the most incredibly positive attitude. Carol endorses DISPLACE wholeheartedly and has shared a little insight into her journey and support for our organisation.
“In 1998 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it was completely unexpected as with most chronic illnesses and devastating. I had been in Australia for just over 3 years, building a career and life with my new husband. But I was lucky or so I thought at the start of this new reality as I didn’t look sick. But I dealt a lot with MS fatigue, weakness in my hands, tingling in my feet and bladder issues all of which were invisible. So, when I was having trouble at work, people couldn’t understand why I could ‘look so good’ but have to leave work early to get home.”
“In 2001 my introduction to disability began and I was in a wheelchair full time. Dealing with this and other symptoms along with the non-understanding I eventually had to leave full time employment and have never returned to the workforce.”
“With the introduction of DISPLACE I believe it is something that is well overdue! What a great initiative by Jon and Vicki. This not-for-profit will assist so many people living with disabilities whether seen or not. It will give them back their independence and provide social interaction that can be even more disabling than their actual disability. If you can get behind DISPLACE to help in any way please do, you never know when you and someone close to you may need their services.”
Carol is a gifted speaker and enjoys sharing with her audiences her passions for life and empowering people to ‘Find their Inner Gold’. If ever looking for a speaker, we encourage you to visit and learn more about Carol Cooke by visiting www.carolcooke.com.au.